Wake Ed

Parents to speak at Wake County student assignment hearing

Tuesday marks the one official time that parents will have to lobby the Wake County school board in person for changes to the 2016-17 student assignment proposal.

The board has scheduled one public hearing on the new enrollment plan at 6:30 p.m. in the board meeting room at 5625 Dillard Drive in Cary. No other public hearings are scheduled on the plan as board members have encouraged people to submit comments on the district’s online forum rather than to contact them directly.

Each speaker will have two minutes for what could be a lengthy hearing.

The plan, which is the 3rd draft presented by staff on Oct. 20, would move 3,620 students to different schools next year.

Groups such as families at Leesville Road Elementary School in North Raleigh are expected to lobby for a two-year moratorium on reassigning any students from the school. The plan now has 198 students moving from Leesville to Pleasant Grove and Sycamore Creek elementary schools,

Families in the Brier Creek community are expected to lobby the board to not reassign them out of Brier Creek Elementary and Mills Park Middle School.

The assignment public hearing takes place during the regular board meeting.

Following the hearing, the school board will hold a work session on Nov. 17 to discuss potential changes to the plan. The vote is scheduled for Dec. 1.

At the work session, the board will discuss National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and the Early Start Pre-K Summer program. Early Start is a federally funded program at 32 sites for students entering kindergarten with limited or no prior preschool experience and who demonstrate an academic need.